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I’m a Texas Hold’em Poker Addict
When I lived in the city I was a member of this fabulous poker group. It was made up of ten women, gorgeous, hardworking and loads of fun. The ten of us met monthly, and spent the evening, gabbing, drinking plenty of wine, and playing Texas Hold’em Poker. This went on for several years and most of us became accomplished players. I love the game as much as I love these ladies. It is one of the only things I still miss about living in the city.
I Plot in the Form of Dialogue.
When it comes to writing, I’m a serious plotter and planner. I write detailed outlines, and crazily, fill them with reams of dialogue. Yep, the voices of my characters fill my head and won’t keep quiet until I tap out what they have to say on my laptop. I plan each and every scene before I get down to the real business of writing. The good thing is, most of my dialogue is written, so all I have to do is flesh out the scenes. But the odd thing is, in the middle of writing a scene, a character can stop talking before the scene is finished. Or won’t talk at all. Instead of freaking out, I make efficient use of Cut & Paste, and plop the misbehaving piece of dialogue or section of scene, elsewhere. The spooky thing is, the change is invariably for the better!
I’m Geographically Challenged!
I’m considered a fairly intelligent person and I have an above average IQ, but when it comes to finding my way from one place to another, I’m geographically challenged. I’m not kidding. I get lost in my own back yard. When people try to give me directions on how to get some place, they might as well be talking another language for all the sense it makes to me. The funniest thing is, the more I try and explain this, the more directions they give me, insistent that it’s easy. In the end, I nod and smile, and everything they’re saying floats over my head. Thanks goodness for the arrival of the GPS!
I Like to Meditate
Five years ago I booked a holiday in the rainforests of Thailand. In my excited rush to take advantage of a special promotion, I didn’t realize it was a silent Vipassana Retreat with several hours of strictly scheduled meditation per day. What a shock! But the unexpected can lead us down paths that change our lives in profound ways. After days of meditation, and listening to the song of the gibbons float from the nearby jungle over the lake, my mind stilled. And in this silence I found a clarity of thought hidden from me my whole life. I still meditate today. It keeps me grounded, and forever reminds me of the unique experience gifted to me in the depths of the Thai jungle.
I’m a Sushi Fiend
Another thing I miss from the city are my secret visits to my local Yo Sushi. I loved sneaking out with my kindle, finding a corner table where nobody could accidentally catch sight of me and crash my party for one. I’d order salmon sashimi, avo maki, edamame beans…and a glass of chardonnay. And then a second glass. A good book, a wine buzz, and delicious sushi…my idea of heaven. Or at least one of them!
Undercover DEA agent Luke Hunter thought his newest assignment—recover a stolen flash drive to gain the trust of the Russian mob—was like any other. But his target brings him to his knees, and after one taste of her intoxicating beauty, he's in too deep. Doing his job means walking away, leaving his heart behind with nothing but a promise to reunite. It's a promise he can't keep.
When Katya's past reaches out and her world unravels, her only hope is the one man she is most vulnerable to—Luke.
Read an excerpt:
We pulled into the underground parking at King Security and Luke parked the SUV in line with several other huge black Ford Expeditions. It appeared King Security had its own fleet.
Unable to stop myself, I blurted, “You were with Anna when you were undercover with my father, weren’t you?”
Luke pulled the keys from the ignition. In the deafening silence I didn’t think he was going to answer. Then he turned to me and bit out. “Yes!”
Wow! I didn’t expect him to be so honest. I sat back and folded my arms, tight. Damn, his answer hurt me. “So you make a habit of lying to your women? Being with them while you’re pretending to be someone you’re not? Is that your thing?”
“She wasn’t my woman,” Luke growled. “She was just a woman. She was there, I was there. It was never deep and it sure as hell wasn’t forever. Then it was over, and I made certain she was clear of the investigation. That was it.” He leaned towards me and said impatiently, “That tell you what you want to know?”
“Not even close. You made love to her didn’t you?”
“Hell no!” Luke snarled. “I fucked her. Like I have all the other women in my life. There’s only one woman I ever made love to Katya. And that was you.”
I went rigid, stunned into silence. Luke turned to open his car door. “You didn’t make love to me, Michael did,” I whispered.
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